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WCC Weekly Women's Soccer Notes

Aug. 31, 2010

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FIVE WCC TEAMS REMAIN UNBEATEN THROUGH FIRST TWO WEEKS OF SEASON

San Diego jumped eight spots to No. 14 and joins #4 Portland and #8 Santa Clara in the NSCAA national rankings. LMU's Tawni Martino named WCC Player of the Week.


AROUND THE WCC

The WCC: The Elite Conference 18 Years Running
The Portland Pilots advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight last season with a 4-1 win over Virginia Tech. This was the 18th straight season that the WCC has had at least one representative in the NCAA Quarterfinals, by far the longest streak in the nation. The second closest active NCAA quarterfinal streak is held by the Pac-10 with 10 consecutive years in the Elite Eight.Against UCLA in the Quarterfinals, it seemed as though the Pilots were well on their way to another NCAA College Cup after an early goal on the road, but the UCLA Bruins came back with a 2-1 victory to end the Pilots' postseason run. Portland (21-2-0) concluded the season with the second most wins in school history, while the loss marked the third time in the last four years that Portland's season ended in the quarterfinals at Drake Stadium by a one-goal margin.

Pilots Capture Record 11th WCC Title
The Pilots captured their third consecutive West Coast Conference title and fifth in the last six seasons after going undefeated in conference matches. This marked the third consecutive season that the Pilots have posted a 7-0-0 record in WCC play. The Pilots were also rewarded with the Player of the Year and the Coach of the Year honors in senior Michelle Enyeart and head coach Garrett Smith.

Four WCC Players Named To M.A.C. Hermann Trophy Watch List
Like last season, the WCC landed another four players on the 2010 women's Missouri Athletic Club's Hermann Trophy Watch List. Portland is one of five teams in the nation to have three representatives on the watch list as seniors Kendra Chandhoke and Sophie Schmidt, along with junior Danielle Foxhoven were selected. The Pilots are joined by perennial championship contenders Stanford, UCLA , Notre Dame, and Boston College with three players mentioned. Rounding out the list of WCC players on the preseason watch list was Santa Clara junior Bianca Henninger.

2010 WCC Preseason All-Conference
Portland garnered the maximum seven first place votes and was selected as the preseason favorite in the 2010 WCC Preseason Coaches Poll. The Pilots are followed in the poll by 2009 NCAA Tournament participants Santa Clara and San Diego. Rounding out this year's poll was Pepperdine in fourth place, followed by Loyola Marymount, picked fifth, Saint Mary's in sixth, Gonzaga in seventh and San Francisco in eighth. In addition to a preseason poll, the WCC head coachesalso selected a pre-season all-conference team. The full poll and preseason all-conference team are listed below:

2010 WCCPreseason Coaches Poll
1. Portland - 49 (7)
2. Santa Clara - 41.5 (1)
3. San Diego - 38.5
4. Pepperdine - 27
5. Loyola Marymount - 26
6. Saint Mary's - 19
7. Gonzaga - 12
8. San Francisco - 11
(First place votes)

Preseason All-Conference Team
Kendra Chandhoke, Portland
Danielle Foxhoven, Portland
Julie Gallaudet, Loyola Marymount
Bianca Henniger, Santa Clara
Sheridan Jones, Gonzaga
Stephanie Ochs, San Diego
Sophie Schmidt, Portland
Michelle Spacciapolli, Pepperdine
Allie Vernon, Santa Clara
Keelin Winters, Portland
Jackie Zinke, San Diego

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SCHOOL TEAM NOTES

Overall Record: 2-1-1
WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • Junior forward Sarah Rhodes is one of only two WCC players to have scored multiple goals in a single match, and she has already accomplished the feat twice in the first four outings. She has netted the game-winner in each of the Zags' two victories.

  • The Zags have six goals this season and freshman forward Cassie Geerdts has posted an assist on three of them.

  • It may be only a matter of time before the Zags goal total sees a substantial rise as they are peppering nearly 17 shots per match, a mark good for second in the WCC. They have fired a total of 67 shots throught four games.

  • Gonzaga plays its first home match of the season this week when it welcomes UC Irvine to Spokane (Sept. 3) before it heads across the state to take on Seattle (Sept. 5).

  • Overall Record: 2-1-0
    WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • Freshman forward Tawni Martino has three goals in her first three collegiate matches. She tallied both scores in LMU's 2-1 victory against Denver, including a game-winning header that found the net in the 86th minute. She is one of only two WCC players to have a multiple-goal-match this season. Martino's efforts earned her WCC Player of the Week honors, making her the first LMU freshman to be so honored since 1999.

  • Senior midfielder/forward Nickey Ha has two goals through the first three matches and ranks ninth in the WCC with eight shots.

  • Redshirt freshman goalkeeper Brittany Jagger is fourth in the conference with 11 saves and third with an average of 3.67 saves per match.

  • Loyola Marymount heads to Utah (Sept. 3) before playing host to Tennessee-Martin (Sept. 5) in the first of six straight matches to be played in the city of Los Angeles.

  • Overall Record: 2-1-0
    WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • Freshman midfielder Gunny Jonsdottir had the assist on each ofPepperdine's first two goals in its 4-2 win against Arizona. It marked the first time since late 2008 that a Waves player has recorded multiple assists in a single match.

  • Sophomore forward Anisa Guajardo and junior midfielder/forward Laura Cole each have two goals for the Waves. Cole has just four shots, all on goal, including a game-winner and a the team's only penalty kick.

  • The first half of a match is critical to Pepperdine's success as four of the team's six goals have come before halftime. In addition, the Waves have allowed the opposition just one score during the same time period.

  • Pepperdine plays its third road contest in a row when it travels to Cal State Northridge (Sept. 3) before returning home for three straight beginning with Detroit (Sept. 5).

  • Overall Record: 2-0-0
    WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • Freshman goalkeeper Erin Dees has allowed just one goal through the first four matches, a total of 360 minutes, giving her a WCC-best goals-against average of 0.25.

  • Senior midfielder Keelin Winters tallied the game-winner with just 42 seconds left inPortland's victory against then-No. 21 Oklahoma State last week. She also had a first half shot go off the post in the contest.

  • Freshman forward Micaela Capelle has two goals thus far this season and both have proven to be game-winners through the first four games of her collegiate career. She is one of only two WCC players with multiple game-winners.

  • Portland makes the short trip up I-5 for the Husky Nike Invitational in Seattle where it will face Wisconsin (Sept. 3) and Syracuse (Sept. 5).

  • Overall Record: 2-0-0
    WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • Senior forward Alyssa Doniak, a transfer from UC Santa Barbara, had a goal and an assist within the first 15 minutes in the 4-3 overtime win against North Florida. She leads the team with five points (2g, 1a) through two matches.

  • Freshman midfielder Jordan Marada leads the WCC in shots per contest with four attempts on goal per match. She has a total of eight in her first two games with the Gaels. Marada recorded her first collegiate goal and assist in the Gaels' most recent match against North Florida.

  • Freshman defender Melinda Madden posted what turned out to be the deciding score in the North Florida win. Her first collegiate goal came 6:11 into overtime.

  • Saint Mary's makes its first road trip, after three straight at home to open the season, with dates at Weber State (Sept. 3) and Utah (Sept. 5).

  • Overall Record: 3-0-0
    WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • Junior goalkeeper Courtney Parsons has a league-high 17 saves through the first two weeks of the season, allowing just one goal during that stretch. She boasts a save percentage of .944.

  • Junior forward Stephanie Ochs had a pair of goals in San Diego's two matches last week, including the game-winner in a 2-0 win vs. Michigan. The team's two wins led to thechampionship of their own tournament.

  • Redshirt freshman Kelley McCloskey has tallied an assist on three of the Toreros' seven goals through three matches this season. She is one of only two players in the conference to have at least three assists.

  • San Diego makes its only trek outside the California border this week when it heads to a tournament in Minneapolis to face Marquette (Sept. 3) and host Minnesota (Sept. 5).

  • Overall Record: 3-0-0
    WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • Senior defender Ashley O'Brien had a pair of goals and an assist in USF's two games a week ago. He had the game-winner against North Florida and the assist on the game-winner two days later vs. UC Santa Barbara.

  • The Dons have scored a league-best eight goals in just three matches, an average of 2.67 per outing. The team's four goals against the Gauchos represented the first time since a 4-0 victory against Cal State Northridge in 2006 that the Dons have scored at least four goals against a D-I opponent.

  • USF's unblemished start to the season marks their first 3-0 record against Division I opponents since 1996. Last year, the Dons also began 3-0, but only faced one D-I foe.

  • San Francisco makes a short trip across the Bay for the Cal Invitational where it will match up against Hawaii (Sept. 3) and Rice (Sept. 5).

  • Overall Record: 2-0-1
    WCC Record: 0-0-0
  • Junior goalkeeper Bianca Henninger has pitched two shutouts through the first three matches, allowing just one goal in 290 minutes. In SCU's only contest last week against California, she faced 17 shots and stopped all eight shots on goal.

  • Santa Clara's national ranking was unchanged this week and remains at No. 8 after it played to a scoreless tie with then #18 California. The Broncos began the season as the ninth-ranked team in the land.

  • The Broncos' next match will be a battle of top-10 teams with #8 SCU facing third-ranked Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind. This contest marks the team's second straight against a rankedopponent.

  • Santa Clara begins the first of three straight tournaments with its only out of state trip,traveling to play host and #3 Notre Dame (Sept. 3) and Mississippi (Sept. 5).